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#99 “Super Tuscan” February 27, 2015

by Grape Stomper Todd on February 27, 2015

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tuscanyTODDCAST EPISODE 99: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY

Greetings Moonstoners, today is February 27th and on this day in 1964, government officials in Italy sought funding to help prop up the Leaning Tower of Pisa. Engineers,mathematicians and historians met to decide how to keep the tower from falling over while retaining the lean.  Decades of improvements followed including a system of counterweights, removing the bell, and shifting the foundation underneath.  They have done a super job, because the tower still stands.

 

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:  Super Tuscan

 

Back in the 70’s some winemakers in Tuscany got fed up with the government laws that dictated how to make the region’s most famous wine Chianti.  The rules stated that they must blend in some white grapes with Sangiovese to call it Chianti, otherwise, they would have to just put “Red Table Wine” or Vino da Tavola on their label.

So, some feisty winemakers decide the heck with it anyway. They wanted to create bolder red wines that were more popular overseas, especially in the  United States. So they coined the term Super Tuscan.  And no translation is needed here. That name is meant to be in English.

Super Tuscan can be awesome, big, powerful wines. The only issue is that you don’t always know what is in them. Some can be 100% Sangiovese, or Sangiovese blended with Cabernet Sauvignon and/or other Bordeaux varietals such as Merlot. Syrah also finds it way into Super Tuscans.

But the real question is, what wine were the builders drinking back in 1173, when they started building the Tower of Pisa? A lot of wine must have been drunk before they constructed its foundation. That’s all I’m sayin’

For transcripts links and more Toddcasts go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd. If you have any words, historical facts, or tips on how to keep tourists from taking stupid pictures of themselves trying to push the leaning tower back up right, please send emails to, info@moonstonecellars.com

And until next time cheers to YOU.

 

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

Club shipments are out

Passport Weekend update

There’s still time to get your passport stamped!

Papagallo-Saturday is sold out!  

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

A full body buzz?

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.cbsnews.com/news/cannabis-infused-wine-delivers-a-full-body-buzz-says-melissa-etheridge/

On your mark, get set, sip!

http://www.npr.org/blogs/ed/2015/02/18/382657240/a-sophisticated-version-of-guess-the-grape-but-is-it-a-sport

This business has gone to seed.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.snooth.com/articles/israeli-research-team-gets-byzy-with-ancient-grape-seeds/

It’s a bird, it’s a plane, it’s your dinner.

http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2015/02/restaurant-employs-fleet-of-drone-waiters/

Snap out of it.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.telegraph.co.uk/men/the-filter/11431992/Love-and-other-scientifically-tested-ways-to-sober-you-up.html


More good news.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.youthhealthmag.com/articles/10267/20150222/tea-wine-and-citrus-can-lower-ovarian-cancer-risk.htm


HAMMERED HOROSCOPE

Pisces, pull your head out of the water.  We know you love the drama and simplicity makes you crazy.  But sometimes you have to let things be.  You don’t always have to be the one stirring the pot.  If your guest brings you a bottle of cheap wine, open it with a smile and try your best to be cordial.  Don’t spit it across the room shouting “weasel pee!”  It makes everyone uncomfortable.  


ALCOHOL TRIVIA

A popular drink in Cambodia is called Tarantula Brandy.  It consists of a rice-based liquor and yes, freshly killed tarantulas.  I will now be cancelling my vacation plans to Cambodia.  

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

 

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#98 “Crown Cap” November 7, 2014

by Grape Stomper Todd on November 7, 2014

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crownTODDCAST EPISODE 98: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:

WINE WORD OF THE DAY


Greetings Moonstoners, today is November 7th and on this day in 1980, we lost the “king of cool”, actor Steve McQueen.   McQueen was an Academy Award nominee for his dramatic turn in “The Sand Pebbles” but he was probably most known for his starring role in “The Great Escape”.  He defined “cool” and rebellious in the counter-culture era of the 60’s. He was known for being difficult on a set and yet he was very highly paid.  Other great roles included “The Magnificent Seven”, “The Towering Inferno”, and the “Thomas Crown Affair”.   

And that brings us to our Wine Word of the Day:   Crown Cap

A crown cap is the kind of “top” or closure you’d find on a beer bottle, but is also used during the secondary fermentation when you are making sparkling wine in individual bottles (the Champagne Method).  But in that case, there is a small plastic receptacle attached to the crown cap into which yeast sediment settles during the riddling process.  

And even though it’s not very romantic, you may also find crown capsules on finished sparkling wines, like lower-priced proseccos from Italy. It’s so unromantic in fact, that it is illegal to put a crown cap on a finished bottle of bubbly from the Champagne region itself.

But you want to know what is truly unromantic and downright barbaric, Jill? It’s when someone tries to open a beer bottle with their teeth. A chipped tooth isn’t very attractive and will likely need to be capped with its own crown.

For transcripts, links, and more toddcasts, please go to moonstonecellars.com/wwd.  If you have any suggestions for more words, historical facts, or know of any reason why Queen Elizabeth was never seen in a Crown Victoria, please send emails to, info@moonstonecellars.com.

Until next time, beers to you!

 

TASTING ROOMORS (Happenings in the Tasting Room)

 

BIRTHDAYS

Rick Auricchio

Lisa Williams

Rose Bedard

 

Club shipments have gone out.

What’s new at the winery?

Tamar is “Back”

 

Save the Date!  January 24th- Meet the Winemakers

 

BOOZE NEWS & VIEWS

RIP Merton
http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/comment/obituaries/red-wine-for-breakfast-helped-migraine-research-20141031-11exxj.html

Cancel that gym membership.
http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://indianexpress.com/article/lifestyle/life-style/a-glass-of-red-wine-worth-an-hour-of-exercise/

 

See, I didn’t need to workout.  

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/to-your-health/wp/2014/11/03/red-wines-heralded-ingredient-resveratrol-may-actually-hinder-benefits-of-exercise/

 

My, my, I’ve got the vapors.

http://www.wineindustryinsight.com/ex_nf.php?url=http://punchdrink.com/articles/the-weird-world-of-wine-and-spirits-vaping/

Crashing the party!
http://www.thedrinksbusiness.com/2014/11/beer-truck-smash-sparks-roadside-party/

HAMMERED HOROSCOPE

Scorpio, it’s best if you stay home this weekend.  Some negative neighbors could put you in a bad mood.  So close the blinds, lock the door and don’t share that fine bottle of wine you’ve been saving.  It’s just for you.  And when the knock comes at the door, just shout, “No more treats here!”

 

ALCOHOL TRIVIA

Here’s a juicy tidbit. Know how many grapes it takes to make one bottle of wine?  About 600.

 

 

CREDITS

Voice Over Talent – Ellen Dawson and Emmy-Award Winner,  Andrew Dawson (Andrew’s YouTube Channel)

Utter Nonsense – Jill and Todd

 

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#97 “Black Rot” October 24, 2014

October 24, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 97: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 24th and on this day in 1929, the folks on Wall Street took a dark turn.  This was the day of the great Stock Market Crash of 1929, a day known as “Black Thursday”, which […]

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#96 “Vinho Verde” October 10, 2014

October 10, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 96: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 10th and on this day in 1813 Giuseppe Verdi was born.  Or was it the October 9th? Who knows, since I suppose records weren’t kept very well back then in Italy… Anyway, if you […]

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#95 “Pelure D’oignon” October 3, 2014

October 3, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 95: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is October 3rd.  And on this day in 1974, one of the greatest footballers in history, Pele, retired from Brazillian soccer.  Though past his prime, he was coaxed out of retirement a few years later to play […]

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#93 “Cornas” September 19, 2014

September 18, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 94: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Today is September 19th and on this day in 1995, we lost popcorn mogul Orville Redenbacher.  By the 1970’s Orville had captured over one third of the world popcorn market.  Though his company has been sold multiple times, the corn […]

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#93 “Rack” August 29, 2014

August 28, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 93: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode:   WINE WORD OF THE DAY   Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 29th.  And summer is pretty much over and we’re getting back on track podcast-wise if harvest doesn’t get in the way!   On this day in 1869, the Mount Washington Cog Railway in […]

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#92 “Crossing” August 8, 2014

August 8, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 92: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings Moonstoners, today is August 8th and on this day in 1963, the British woke up to disturbing news.  A large gang of thieves ambushed a Royal Mail train heading to London and made off with over 2.5 million pounds. […]

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#91 “Saignee” August 2, 2014

August 2, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 91: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY Greetings from the east Moonstoners, today is August 1st, and we have been AWOL for a few weeks.  But we return in time for a bloody day in history.  It seems August 1st has been a pretty deadly day in […]

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#90 “Heavy” July 11, 2014

July 11, 2014

TODDCAST EPISODE 90: SHOW NOTES: Outline for this week’s episode: WINE WORD OF THE DAY (Opener)  Jill, I drove all day today and I’m feeling a little punchy   Greetings from the road Moonstoners, today is July 11th  and we say happy birthday to Leon Spinks.  Neon Leon, as he was called, became the Heavyweight […]

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